outbreak of Covid-19 has clearly exhibited vulnerabilities of social machinery
that sustain people’s life as well as inattention of governments which have
left inequalities and poverty intact, regarding the phenomena as personal responsibility
issues. The weak are hit more harshly by risks of infection and uncertainties
coming from the lockdown of cities.
SHOUT LOUDLY, DISCRIMINATION NO!
in the fields of healthcare, elderly care, nursing of pre-school children and
after-school boys and girls and sales clerks of supermarkets work hard these
days as they are excluded from the government’s order of emergency closure of
businesses. They are engaged in the essential activities of people’s daily
of these workers are women. And, in fact, most of them are employed on the
irregular basis and paid less wages. They have worked in their workplaces for
years, facing various obstacles: personnel positioning is inadequate, or it is less
than necessary, and unpaid overtime work is routine. Therefore it is hard for
them to request day-off when they get sick suddenly. Workers are obliged today to
procure facial masks and disinfectant for themselves. They work in unsafe conditions
to infection as they are in a closed space, contacting straightly to serve
of nursing jobs are carried out by women. Their wages are extremely low and they
have been excluded from the social insurance schemes. Employers say ‘replacement
of workers is easy at any time as they are disposable’. Consequences have emerged
amid the epidemic. Pressing issues are improvement of working conditions to evade
fatigue and special benefit payment against perils.
women and children!
of schools came suddenly without any preparations and lasts long. Consultations
at local labor unions show difficulties in the families: a parent loses his/her
job due to shutting of business, which means no income. When a parent who
supports children alone is told to take care of them at home, that means he/she
ends up with no earnings. Many of them are irregular workers. People are made overwhelmed
when they do not foresee what will happen tomorrow.
violence increases sharply since a time people were ordered to stay home. That
has already been reported from Europe and the United States. Some central
governments and municipal offices have a program to save victims as a usual
job, but in Japan
rescue measures are scarce as the issue is dealt with as a personal problem.
elderly and the impaired
of victims of domestic violence are women and children. It is critical to save
women and impaired people who live on a marginal sum of pension or benefit may
be deprived of human dignity when proper facilities in the local communities
are forced to close. Today’s facts disclose imitations of policies of the governments
which have cut budgets to aggravate public services, imposing and relying on the
private sector to make voluntary efforts.
is necessary to survive the disastrous epidemic is to eliminate discrimination to
ensure the rights to live with human dignity. Let’s shout loudly – Discrimination,